Girls in Adamawa state have urged the governor’s wife, Lami Fintiri, to sponsor an early marriage prohibition bill to stop parents from marrying out their daughters at a very young age.
The girls made the call on Friday in a document they presented to the governor’s wife after a rally to mark this year’s United Nation’s International Day of the Girl-Child.
Reading the letter on behalf of the girls at the Government House, Yola, Fatima Ismaila, noted that the bill became necessary for the girls to have equal opportunity to acquire education.
The girls who called for the recruitment of more female teachers and the need for separate toilets in schools, also sought protection against rape and other forms of child abuse in the state.
Responding on behalf of the state, the wife of the Governor Lami Fintiri, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women and Social Development, Justina Patrick, assured the girls of the administration’s commitment to education, particularly that of the girl child adding that there was need to review some cultures that suppressed women from contributing more effectively in building the society.